Take a tour of Wichita's microbreweries and coffee houses, all in the name of literacy! Central Standard Brewing, Hopping Gnome, Watermark, Espresso to Go Go, and several others are joining in on the Big Read Wichita conversation. Each business will offer a beverage named after the themes of the novel and host a book discussion. For more information, download the PocketSights app and look for the Big Read Wichita Brew Tour. Be sure to share your journey on social media with #BigReadICTBrews!
DISCUSSION: October 13, 9 a.m.
BREW: The King Lear
Ceylon cinnamon cold brew coffee infused with lavender and orange peel, topped with a candied eyeball. On sale for a limited time only (Oct. 13 - Oct. 31).
The lavender infusion refers to King Lear "fantastically dressed with wild flowers." The cinnamon spice symbolizes King Lear's temper and self-destruction. The citrus afternote suggests a hopeful, brighter ending after Lear's suffering has led to knowledge and redemption. The eyeball candy symbolizes Gloucester's gouged out eyes as well as King Lear's literal and symbolic blindness.
DISCUSSION: October 20, 11 a.m.
BREW: Survival Instinct, lavender chai latte
DISCUSSION: November 2, 10 a.m. (Discussion will be next door at LUX)
BREW: Dark Thunder
Dark Thunder's name is dark like a flu virus that wipes out much of the earth’s population, but it offers hope in the form of sweet raw sugar, dreamy Scharffenberger cocoa powder, creamy half and half and enough caffeine to boost the lagging spirits of those left behind.
DISCUSSION: November 4, Noon
BREW: Information coming soon!
DISCUSSION: November 7, 7 p.m.
BREW: Luli Blonde
This American light ale is constructed to have a light body. The delicate, floral attributes of the old-world German hops create a perfect thirst quencher and a great sipping beer alongside your favorite book.
DISCUSSION: November 11, 1 p.m.
BREW: Eleven Amber
Different from other Ambers, but that’s cool. It has a stronger malt character with subtle notes of coffee, caramel, and nutty flavors. Hopped with Northern Brewer, this beer pays tribute to its Northwest roots.